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in a pig's eye

An exclamation of emphatic denial, dissent, or disbelief that something will happen or be true. A: "I'm pretty sure we can restore this old junker in a week. B: "In a pig's eye! That will take months, if not longer!" Step down from the board of directors? In a pig's eye I will!
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In a pig's eye!

 and In a pig's ass!; In a pig's ear!
Rur. Nonsense! (Use caution with ass.) Tom: I wasn't going to steal it. I was just looking at it. Jane: In a pig's eye! I saw you put it in your pocket! Mary: Bill says he's sorry and he'll never yell at me again if I take him back. Jane: In a pig's ass! He's made those promises a hundred times before. Tom: I thought you said I could keep this. Charlie: In a pig's ear! I said you could borrow it.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in a pig's eye

Under no condition, not at all, as in In a pig's eye he'll pay me back, or You think he's competent? In a pig's eye! This expression, a euphemism for in a pig's ass, is generally used as a strong negative. [Slang; late 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in a pig's eye

expressing scornful disbelief at a statement. informal, chiefly North American
1987 Evelyn E. Smith Miss Melville Returns Under other circumstances I think we could have been friends. ‘In a pig's eye,’ Susan thought.
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in a pig’s ˈeye

(American English, informal) used to say that you think that something is not at all true or that something will definitely not happen: He told you his father owns the company? In a pig’s eye!‘Apparently this is the best hotel in town.’ ‘In a pig’s eye it is!’
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in a pig's eye

Slang
Under no condition; never.
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in a pig's eye

Never! Several sources have been suggested for this Americanism from the late nineteenth century. One holds that it is rhyming slang for “when pigs fly,” which of course is never. Another, more probable theory is that it is a euphemism for “in a pig’s ass,” which came from a bawdy song. Whatever the true origin, it has been on its way to becoming a cliché since about 1950.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

in a pig's eye

Untrue. “Eye” is a rhyme for “lie.” “Pig” has an unpleasant connotation. Put them together, and you have an expression for something that's patently false. The phrase was most often heard as a rejoinder to a remark that the hearer believes is untrue. To the statement that “The Cubs will win the World Series next year” might well be the response, “In a pig's ear.” Or, to use another porcine phrase, “When pigs fly.”
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Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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